Club ‘sad’ at noise row decision

Scarborough Rugby Club lost its appeal against the council in a noise row
Scarborough Rugby Club lost its appeal against the council in a noise row
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The chief executive of Scarborough Rugby Club has spoke out after the club lost its long-running noise battle with the council.

In a statement to club members this week, Graeme Young said the jingle wrangle had been “a draining and demoralising process”, adding the Silver Royd club is unlikely to throw any more cash at fighting the case.

Last week, it emerged the club had lost its appeal against the authority over the right to play outside music at events, including the children’s rugby club festival.

Scarborough Council has refused to comment on the decision, deciding to rule a line under the dispute.

But the planning inspectorate’s ruling, which is likely to cost the club thousands in its own legal fees, has been labelled “disappointing and surprising” by Mr Young.

And he added that an independent acoustic consultant, the club’s expert witness at the hearing, provided “damming” testimony - although it failed to ultimately impact the decision.

The club has yet to formally say if it will continue to contest the decision, although in a statement to members, Mr Young said they “should be advised that we are not minded to invest any further financial resources to this issue”.

And he added: “Please be assured that your board of directors is fully committed to developing rugby in Scarborough.

“We will continue to work towards the goal of providing the opportunity for every child and young person in town to experience sport in a safe and vibrant environment at Silver Royd.

“The vast majority of councillors and officers are strong and active supporters of our ambitions and we will continue to work with those who wish to work with us.”